Head-on collision near Nelson, result of aggressive driving say RCMP

The head-on collision on Highway 3a four miles north of Nelson Wednesday afternoon was the result of aggressive driving.

Traffic was backed up and the highway shut down for more than an hour.

The collision happened shortly after 12pm Wednesday in the 2200 block of Highway 3A when a Pontiac G6 crossed over the center line, striking an oncoming Toyota Camry.

A 30-year-old man staying near Kaslo was northbound on Highway 3A in a Pontiac G6 and crossed over the center line coming out of a curve in the road.

An oncoming Toyota Camry was unable to avoid the collision resulting in a crash that shut down Highway 3A for just over an hour.

The Toyota Camry was driven by a 63-year-old woman who received non-life-threatening injuries while the 72-year-old male passenger received minor injuries. Both are Nelson residents. The driver of the northbound vehicle received minor injuries.

The subsequent investigation determined that aggressive driving and speed were the major contributing factors to the collision.

Road and weather conditions were not contributing factors

The driver of the Pontiac G6 was later issued a violation ticket for multiple offences related to the crash.

The RCMP would like to encourage members of the public to call police when they witness aggressive driving with as much detail as possible about the offending vehicle. This type of driving puts everyone at risk.